INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PGA TOURS
ISPS HANDA WORLD CUP OF GOLF
Site: Melbourne, Australia.
Course: The Metropolitan GC. Yardage: 7,308. Par: 72.
Purse: $7 million. Winner’s share: $1.2 million for each player.
Television: Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Format: Stroke play for 72 holes. Fourballs in the first and third rounds, foursomes in the second and fourth rounds.
Defending champion: Denmark (Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen).
Last time: Kjeldsen and Olesen delivered key birdies at Kingston Heath to hold off rallies by China, France and Sweden to give Denmark its first World Cup.
Notes: The tournament began in 1953 as the Canada Cup. It has been on 20 countries or territories over the years. ... Marc Leishman at No. 21 in the world is the highest-ranked player in the field. He teams with Cameron Smith (No. 33) for Australia. ... The only other team with both players among the top 50 in the world is England, which has Tyrrell Hatton (No. 25) and Ian Poulter (No. 39). ... The Americans are represented by Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley. Kuchar won the World Cup with Gary Woodland when it was played in China. ... Eleven countries have won the last 11 World Cups dating to Japan in 2002. ... Abraham Ancer of Mexico goes after his second victory in Australia, having won the Australian Open last week. He is playing with Roberto Diaz.
HONMA HONG KONG OPEN
Site: Fanling, Hong Kong.
Course: Hong Kong GC. Yardage: 6,700. Par: 70.
Purse: $2 million. Winner’s share: $333,333.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-3:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-4 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1-3:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Wade Ormsby.
Last week: Danny Willett won the DP Tour World Championship.
Race to Dubai champion: Francesco Molinari.
Notes: This is the first event of the next European Tour season. ... The tournament is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour. ... The field features Tommy Fleetwood and the last two Masters champions, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia. ... The Hong Kong Open became part of the European Tour in 2002, won by Jose Maria Olazabal. ... Miguel Angel Jimenez is in the field. He has won the tournament four times. ... To commemorate 60 years of the Hong Kong Open, admission is free for anyone 60 and older. ... Shubhankar Sharma of India was voted European Tour rookie of the year. He also leads the money list on the Asian Tour. ... Reed played the Hong Kong Open two years ago and tied for 43rd.
Next week: Mauritus Open and Australian PGA Championship.
Online: www.europeantour.com or www.asiantour.com
Last week: Charles Howell III won the RSM Classic.
Next tournament: Sentry Tournament of Champions on Jan. 3-6.
FedEx Cup leader: Charles Howell III.
Last week: Lexi Thompson won the CME Group Tour Championship.
Next tournament: End of season.
Race to CME Globe winner: Ariya Jutanugarn.
Japan Golf Tour: Casio World Open, Kochi Kuroshio CC, Kochi, Japan. Defending champion: Seungsu Han. Online: www.jgto.org
Ladies European Tour: Andalucia Costa del Sol Spanish Open, La Quinta Golf & CC, Marbella, Spain. Defending champion: Azahara Munoz. Online: www.ladieseuropeantour.com
Japan LPGA: Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup, Miyazaki CC, Miyazaki, Japan. Defending champion: Teresa Lu. Online: www.lpga.or.jp